February 17

MLA visits family of mine blast victim

CHANGLANG, Feb 16: Nampong MLA Laisam Simai visited Joting Judang village today and met the bereaved family members of Thiktu Mungrey, who died in a mine blast at 170 Indo-Myanmer border pillar on February 6.

The MLA assured all possible assistance to the members of the family and said that he had already taken the matter with the Chief Minister for immediate announcement of ex-gratia and other admissible assistance. The legislator also provided financial assistance to the old parents of the deceased as an immediate relief.

Simai was accompanied by EAC Manmao, ZPM L Lungtu and other officers and public leaders. DIPRO


MLA provides relief items to fire victims

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Feb 16: Local MLA Dikto Yekar has distributed relief materials like kitchen items and other materials to the fire victims of PI Colony. Two houses were gutted and household properties including rupees, domestic animals and valuable ornaments destroyed in the fire on Tuesday last.

He advised the public to take utmost care while handling fire, including candle light especially during night hours to avoid such incident.

Further, he suggested the public to get their houses electrified through technically expert person from the department only as most of fire accidents occurs through electric short-circuit. The MLA requested the concerned department to immediately release relief fund to all the fire victims and to organize awareness programme on disaster management.


Govt. employees urged to refrain from  contract works

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: All Contractors’ Welfare Association (AACWA) has urged Govt. employees to refrain from participating in any kind of contract/tender works in any govt., semi- govt. departments in Arunachal Pradesh by using firms of other contractors.

AACWA in a release alleged that many govt. employees have been found involving in such works by using their official power and position depriving many genuine contractors.  AACWA has threatened to initiate legal action against those officials who are found misusing their official power and govt. properties for such works.


Fire accident at Yattap village

ZIRO, Feb 16: Two dwelling houses, two store houses and a granary were reduced to ashes with household properties lost in a devastating fire that broke out at around 1.30 am today at Yattap village under Kamporijo-II circle of Lower Subansiri district.

However, there is no report of any loss of life and the cause of fire is yet to be ascertained. Tap Tapuk, ZPM Kamporijo-II on behalf of the victim families has appealed to the district administration to provide sufficient relief to the victim families.


Workshop on Rural Sanitation and Personal Hygiene held

AALO, Feb.16: A one day workshop on “Management of Rural Sanitation and personal hygiene and role of PRI” under Swachh Bharat Mission was organized at Monigong-HQ by DWSM/PHESD Division, Aalo on February 12.

The workshop aimed at creating awareness among PRI leaders, ASHAs, Anganwadi workers, Gam Buras, teachers, general public about cleanliness, hygiene and eliminating open defecation.

Speaking on the occasion, EAC Monigong, Song Khandu called upon the participants to take full advantage of the workshop and asked the PRI leaders to ensure proper sanitation at their respective Gram Panchayat and requested the PHED to organize more such awareness programme in Monigong block in the coming days.

Bomjum Ado, AE, PHE & WS Sub-Division, Mechukha urged the participants to construct individual household latrine (IHHL) provided by the department and maintain it properly.

Rimo Taba, consultant (M & E) highlighted the objectives of SBM (G) and explained the roles and responsibilities of VWSC.

Among others, Dr. M. Gadak, MO, PHC Monigong, Yadam Tapo, Chairperson Anchal Samity, Monigong-Pidi,  Jomge Ete, J.E. PHE & WS , Monigong section, Karken Nyorak, Consultant (HRD) and Bajo Ori, Consultant (W & S ) also spoke on the occasion. Later, FTKs were distributed to all the PRI leaders. DIPRO


KKDC demands road construction as per original DPR

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The Kapu-Kabak Development Council (KKDC) has reiterated its demand for construction of Tamen Tali road from 49.0 km to 60.0 km (Ph-ll) under NLCPR, Kurung Kumey district as per DPR and original survey.

In a memorandum to the PWD Commissioner, the KKDC, while referring to the resolutions adopted in a meeting here on February 14,  said that the ongoing road project should go through its old alignment. It claimed that the formation cutting of the road is not being done as per DPR and original survey. The Committee further said that the meeting unanimously decided to launch democratic moment if the works are not carried out as per original DPR and  on its old alignment.

Association  writes to CS

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: All Arunachal Agriculture-Horticulture Inputs Suppliers Registered Dealership Association (AAAHISRDA) in a memorandum to Chief Secretary demanded cancellation of ongoing tendering process of Agriculture & Horticulture department.  

The Association said that in the tendering system, the local registered dealership firms have been deprived of and only the manufacturers or companies are going to avail the facilities.

Other demands of the Association include centralization of selection of dealerships firm at directorate level, immediate halt on pick and choose system of firm without following the procedures. It urged the Govt to take positive steps in favour of its demands within seven days in order to avoid any democratic means of protest.


DBHF foundation day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Feb16: The Dawn Breaker Homoeopathic Forum (DBHF) on Saturday celebrated its 4th foundation day in a befitting manner at the College Auditorium of North East Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, Vivek Vihar, Itanagar.

The day-long programme began with brief introductory speech by Dr Joram Atu, General Secretary DBHF. He informed that main aim and objective of DBHF was for up-gradation of Homoeopathic education and to acquire health and happiness through Homoeopathy.

He told that the DBHF would always encourage and create a platform for those homoeopaths who want to showcase or expose their potential, skill and clinical experiences in the field of Homoeopathy.

Meanwhile, as part of the celebration, a quiz competition was organized wherein in a total 5 team participated viz.  Team Boger, Team Hahnemann, Team Boericke, Team Kent and Team Vithoulkas respectively. The Team Kent was adjudged winner while Team Vithoulkas bagged the second prize.

Attending the programme as guests, Dr Pankaj Das, Principal of North East Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital and Dr. A. Mukherjee, Senior Homoeopath and Medical officer, Donyi-Polo Homoeopathic Charitable Dispensary encouraged the students.


REILA – annual extravaganza of the RGGP begins

ITANAGAR, Feb 16:  The four days annual meet of the  Rajiv Gandhi Govt Polytechnic  REILA-2015 (Recreation, Entertainment, Information and Literacy Activities)  began  with much enthusiasm at  the institute  campus today.

Addressing the inaugural function of the annual event, Sports Authority of Arunachal Pradesh chairman Gora Makik exhorted the students to shine in their academic career and maintain discipline. He said hard work and discipline in student life will help them to become good and  successful citizen.  Makik assured all possible help to promote game and sports in the institution.

In his speeh, Taba Yall Nabam, Councillor, Ward No 5 and Member of the Standing Committee, IMC encouraged the students to go for green and clean environment. She promised to extend help for development of a children park in the institute campus.

Principal of the Polytechnic, Dr A K Tripathy, Seppa Govt College principal Robin Hissang and SURGGP general secretary Dai Donik  Tali also spoke on the occasion.


YOMA for effective mechanism to fine-tune health care system

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Expressing concern over the drawbacks that have been prevailing in the health care system in the state, the Youth Organization Movement of Arunachal (YOMA) in a letter to the director of health services urged him to constitute a core committee to look into the authentication of medical equipments being used for the treatment.

The organization alleged that many innocent patients become victim of wrong treatment due to non-availability of technical experts to check the equipments used during endoscopy, laparoscopy, CT scan etc.

The YOMA further demanded that authorities should ensure that the genuine medicines are being prescribed and made available in the state.

Improvement in the standard of treatment is the need of the hours, the YOMA said while demanding total ban on selling of medicine without prescription. The organization gave 20 days time to authorities to pay heed to its representation.


‘PMGSY road not as per DPR’

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The Bodo Development Committee (BDC) under ChayangTajo Sub-Division strongly opposed the executing agency of road from 51 Km point of Seppa-Chayang Tajo road to Sawa CO HQ which have not been executed as per original DPR.

“The 25.02-km-long road was to connect habitations of Bengde, Tungi and Bodo directly with the prospect of connecting habitation beyond Sawa. But the executing RWD department of the said PMGSY road deviated from the original DPR and re-aligned the road in their own convenience by excluding Bodo village,” alleged BDC in a release. The Bodo Development Committee appealed to the concern authority to take up necessary action in this regard and construct the road per the approved original DPR.


Archery competition

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: An archery competition is being organized by the Pedung Archery Club Bomdila from February 23 to March 4 at Pedung Archery Ground, Bomdila to mark the Losar Festival 2015 celebration.

The main motive of the competition is to promote the traditional sport since archery is played among the Buddhist people during Losar Festival.

The winner and runners up will be awarded Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 respectively. Man of the Match will be given Rs 1000 while the Best shooter will be given Rs 5,000, according to organizing committee.


DC visits Patuk & Parsi Parlo

KOLORIANG, Feb 16: Kurung Kurung Deputy Commissioner Mamata Riba visited Patuk ADC Hq and Parsi-Parlo circle recently to take stock of the on-going development activities and assess the availability of infrastructure.

During his visit, the DC interacted with the local people and enquired about their well-being. Dwelling at length on the potentials and scope of agriculture and horticulture sectors in the area, she advised the people to avail different kind of schemes available under line departments.

In a representation, the local people of the area requested the DC to materialize requisite personnel for smooth functioning of the administration in the newly established ADC Hq.

Meanwhile, the DC inspected the Neolithic site of Parsi Parlo Hq and explored the possibility of making the place as protected historical site or protected heritage site. Further she suggested the local people of Parsi- Parlo to put extra efforts in protecting and preserving the Neolithic site and assured them that the district administration will leave no stone unturned to develop the area. The DC was accompanied by the CO Nangram Pingkap. DIPRO


News Impact

CS reviews action taken against forceful collection of money

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: State Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi recently held a review meeting of police action on forceful collection of money by the students’ unions in the preceding quarter and expressed his satisfaction on the action taken by the district police against criminals who have been forcefully collecting money or making demands in the name of student unions.  

It was informed that on Oct 10, 2014 the President, General Secretary and the Finance Secretary of All Changlang District Students’ Union were found forcefully collecting money through written appeal under their signature. Both the President and the General Secretary were arrested and the case has been charge sheeted before the Judicial Magistrate.

In Itanagar one former president of ANYA was arrested for forcibly selling New Year calendar in the name of ANYA and collecting POL items without making payment by issuing ANYA letter pad.

In Lohit district, one person was arrested for indulging in extortion of money from shopkeepers in the name of All Mishmi Students’ Union.

In Pasighat, the Adi Students’ Union election committee made a forceful demand for donation from nine banks of Pasighat and a criminal case has been registered in PS, Pasighat.

All the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police were directed to prepare the list of extortion cases by the students’ unions so that further preventive action can be taken. DIPRO



Karbak wins Liromoba bye-poll

AALO, Feb 16: Nyamar Karbak of Indian National Congress won the bye election to 27th Liromoba (ST) Assembly Constituency defeating his nearest rival Bai Gadi of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by a narrow margin of 119 votes.

While Karbak polled 3,808 votes, Gadi polled 3,689 votes followed by Independent candidates Lijum Ronya (2,589), Raksap Yomcha (355) and Johny Tali (40 votes).

Nine voters also opted for NOTA, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer D J Bhattacharjee said.

The by-election was necessitated due to the death of former chief minister Jarbom Gamlin on November 30 last year.

With the win, the Congress in the state has 47 MLAs in a 60-member House while opposition BJP has 11 legislators and two independents.

The District Election Officer West Siang, Pige Ligu gave away the certificate to the winning candidate after declaration of the result. The Election Observer Aldous Mowlang was also present.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) said that the Congress victory in the Liromoba by-election is a conclusive proof of the approval of the party ideologies and the people-centric policies and programmes adopted by the ruling government headed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

While rejoicing the victory, APCC president Padi Richo reiterated party’s commitment to work for the greater welfare of the people and sought support of the people. APCC further said the BJP should accept the reality and support the Congress Govt’s endeavours to serve the masses.  



Govt committed to introduce e-education: CM

JNC celebrates Golden Jubilee

PASIGHAT, Feb 16: Pasighat is the epicenter of education and the government has established state university, polytechnic college, IT college, Horticulture college and Agriculture college, private university etc successfully at Pasighat to promote higher education,  said Chief Minister Nabam Tuki here today at the inaugural function of the Golden Jubilee celebration of Jawaharlal Nehru College (JNC), Pasighat.

The Chief Minister said the state Govt is committed to introduce e-Education in Itanagar and Pasighat in first phase with the help of Google to impart internationally compatible education at the doorsteps.

The priority for the state government is to create new avenues and opportunities for the youth and for which government has accorded utmost priority with hydropower generation, he said.

“JNC is pride of the state with its 50 years of vibrant academic voyage, witnessing spectacular achievements.” Tuki  said while lauding the JNC for Grade “A” accreditation from NAAC and UGC recognition as the “College with Potential for Excellence. “Fifty years is a long period in history of any institution. That you have traveled this long distance with such great commitment, with such great devotion to the academic values is a tribute to founding father of your institution Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru who had the vision to create this great institution of learning and empowerment of Arunachal”.

Informing about Arunachal Vision-2030, Tuki said the document would encompass six broad areas- enabling infrastructure, economic potential, social sectors, social harmony, border development and resource mobilization and contain both long-term and medium-term strategies to accelerate the development process. Three committees are being constituted to identify challenges, set targets and work out a detailed development strategy for the Vision document, these are a Cabinet Committee, a Committee of Secretaries and a Committee of Experts. These committees will firm up the framework and prepare a draft vision document within six months after consultations, field visits and also incorporating public opinion at the village, block, district and state level. The committees will also propose a comprehensive institutional mechanism to achieve the targets assigned in the vision document,” he added. Tuki also urged all to avail optimum benefits under CM’s Universal Health Insurance scheme.

Appreciating the East Siang ABK (WW) for their exemplary endeavors to make the society drugs-free, Tuki exhorted that the women members should spread the message of drug de-addiction everywhere, be it home, school or workplace and make aware the people to get rid of this menace and elimination of it from the society.

The CM assured to sanction Rs. 5 crore for construction of boys hostel in addition to providing two busses for the college fraternity.

Attending as the guest of honour, Education Minister Tapang Taloh said that the State government has embarked upon development initiatives in four core areas as natural resource development, human resource development, infrastructure development and institutional development for sustainable and balanced growth to attain the target of Inclusive Growth. Education is a challenging sector. We have to keep pace with the newer developments emerging worldwide and adopt the things that are suitable to our context and compatible with our resources. The UGC, NCTE, AICTE and other bodies at the central level are sensitive to such needs are doing their best to bring about changes for better performances of higher educational institutes. But, at the same time, we in our state have to keep preparedness to cope with the changes and reforms. I believe, higher education cannot compromise with quality. Higher education has to be of global standard. We cannot take excuses that we have limited resources; hence our quality of knowledge would be limited.

Taloh informed that Rs 4 crores have already been approved by the Chief Minister for construction of new administrative and academic blocks, toilets for boys and girls, computers etc.

Minister for Women & Child Development, Wanglin Lowangdong and MP Ninong Ering, Parliamentary Secretary for Home Likha Saaya also spoke in the function.  

Principal JNC T Talom presented a development report of the college.

Earlier, CM Tuki felicitated the alumnae and faculties of the college.

The celebration would continue for six days and various activities like painting, debate, dance, fashion show, football, volleyball, songs, model making etc would be part of the celebration.

Among others, Parliamentary Secretary for Industries Tatung Jamoh, MLAs Kento Rina, Kaling Moyong, Pani Taram, DC Nidhi Srivastava and former minister Bosiram Siram were present in the inaugural function.



Tamla-Du 2015 for drug & opium abuse free society

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: “As we live a harmonious life carefully preserving our age old traditional culture we must also collectively and solemnly resolve to maintain our society free of drug abuse”, exhorted Rajesh Tacho, Minister for Health and Family Welfare. He was addressing the mammoth gathering of the 47th Tamla Du festival at Medo.

The minister earlier inaugurated the academic block constructed under RMSA for the newly upgraded Govt. Secondary School of Medo and also laid the foundation stone for the primary health centre.

MLA Chow Zingnu Namchoom, Chairman of Bamboo Mission lauded the people of the area and organizers of the Tamla Du at Medo for their spirited involvement in the festival. He opined that such festivals bring all sections of the society together in rejoicing and are ideal platforms for showcasing traditional culture which includes music, songs, dances, delicacies and dress while also cementing community bonding.

He assured his personal contribution for construction of a permanent stage for the festival to the thunderous applause of all present.

Chow Tewa Mein, Parliamentary Secretary for Env & Forests in his address suggested that if opium addiction is to be arrested the poppy cultivation must be discouraged. He appealed to all to work together in this direction to make the society free from opium and drug abuse.

Organizers Sonjay Ngadong, Chairman, Bajongso Kri, Secretary, Bihem Dellang, Khrelio Manyu and Bolongsa Tawsik demanded assistance for infrastructure development for the recently upgraded primary health centre at Medo to which the minister assured to take up the matter for early consideration.



Massive destruction of poppy cultivation at Damro

YINGKIONG Feb 16: Continuing the movement against complete eradication of opium addiction and its cultivation in Upper Siang, a massive destruction of Poppy plants was carried out by the Upper Siang Women Welfare Society (USWWS) at Damro village on Feb 14 and 15 last.

The 20 activists of USWWS led by Oma Pertin and Dr. Gepeng Litin assisted by around 31 police personnel headed by OC Atan Taki, 5 Forest Guards and several ALCs under the supervision and direction of ADC Mariyang Ranpok Perme conducted the destruction of several hectares of Poppy cultivation at Damro.

The District Administration in absence of Central Bureau of Narcotic Control has been taking steps to coordinate with the USWWS in their social services to eliminate Opium addiction, Poppy cultivation and other narcotic substances from the society. The District Administration had requisitioned around 10 numbers of vehicles for the operation. According to official sources, heavy expenses have been incurred for food and travel etc. by the local administration, USWWS and other women self help groups in this major operation. There has been no involvement and assistance of the Central Bureau of Narcotics Control in physical and financial terms during the destruction of Poppy cultivations.

While, lauding the social welfare activities taken up by the USWWS, Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner Remo Kamki has appealed the concerned authorities at the Central Bureau of Narcotics Control Guwahati to provide financial and logistic support to the local administration and the Upper Siang Women Welfare Society for future programmes. DIPRO



Investigation on to trace more captive elephant calves

[ Prafulla Kaman ]

PASIGHAT, Feb 16: The forest department (territorial) of Pasighat in East Siang district is continuing search operation in dense jungles of East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley and Namsai to rescue more elephant calves from the illegal captivity of poachers (phandi).

The officials so far have rescued two elephant calves that were captured from Mebo-Siluk and apprehended eight persons involved in elephant poaching and hunting cases in the district.

Unabated hunting of wild elephants and capturing of elephant calf for trading purpose was reported from the forests in the Mebo area during late last month. Unidentified poachers killed a couple of wild elephants near Siluk village under Mebo sub-division and captured three elephant calves.  The forest officials have busted a gang of elephant traders active in the region with nabbing of eight members of the gang, who have been booked under Wildlife Protection Acts.

The officials have collected inputs about the elephant catchers, become aware of the fact that more elephant calves are being captivated inside dense jungle of Dibang Valley and Namsai areas by the illegal traders. This indicates that a powerful elephant poaching network is active in the NE region, some extending upto Mynamar and Thailand.

Referring investigation report of the case, officials informed that illegal activities like wildlife hunting and elephant catching activities in the region is going on under active connivance of the local people. The foresters on February 2 arrested Asik Yirang (Gaon Burah) and Lomin Lego of Siluk village in connection with elephant cases. The duo reportedly contemplated illegal activities to capture elephant calves and to take them away safely. The foresters also nabbed two others, namely Toni Borang and Todol Pertin from Dambuk, who had hired the elephant catchers to Mebo area.

It may be recalled that a joint team led by RFO Tamuk in a midnight operation rescued two elephant calves along with two adult elephants (used for training the calves) from remote jungle at Kherem area in Namsai district early this month. The celephant calves, one male and female along with two adult male elephants (trainer) are presently kept under the custody of Namsai divisional forest authority. The team also caught four persons, including the elephant ‘mauts’, who are said to be member of the inter-state elephant racket. The offenders during interrogation admitted that they captured three elephant calves from Siluk(Mebo) jungles, out of which one has already been dispatched to Dambuk in Lower Dibang Valley district.

The investigating officers suspect involvement of many bureaucrats, political leaders and police personnel of the state with the inter-state racket of wildlife trading and elephant trafficking.



Tourist prefer ‘Home Stay’ in Arunachal

From Yachang Tacho

ZIRO, Feb 16: Majority of tourists who visit Arunachal Pradesh prefer staying in home Stays, said Duyu Tamo, general secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operations Association (APTOA).

Having seen the behavior of tourists and experienced as a tour operator for the last many years, Tamo, who is also the principal operator of the state’s people choice awardees Duyu Tours & Travels, recommends Home Stay as one of major source of income generation for the people of Arunachal Pradesh, especially in rural areas.

He is currently guiding two overseas tourists, who are on a 28 days tour programme. As per programme, they had to stay two days at Ziro in a Home Stay. But excited with uniqueness and comfort in Home Stay, the couple extended one more day in home stay constructed with typical traditional house of Apatani run by Duyu Haniya and Aming at Reru village, told Tamo.

Tamo further said every rural house of Ziro could be turned into Home Stay. He, however, gave emphasis on clean and hygienic toilets, cleanliness of the surrounding etc.

Once Apatani Cultural & Landscape is declared as World Heritage Site, tourists’ inflow both domestic and overseas will increases considerably, he added and suggested people to give due emphasize on Home Stay.

Impressed by the scenic beauty of Ziro and the attitude of its people, the visiting couple Guillaume Jacques Noel of France and Irmina Kotiuk of Poland appreciated the uniqueness in preserving the forest such as bamboo garden, pine grove, practice of agricultural system.

The tourist couple also attended a Mida ceremony, part of Apatani marriage system in which groom is personated with bacon (Yoh Asso). They have noted the procedure curiously and said ‘they never have heard such kind of system in which bacon is considered as main part of the transaction’.

Later they also met with the elderly tattooed persons of the community who still have nose plugs. “This community has vast treasure of tradition and culture. If situation permit, we will visit here again”, couple said.



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Visit of hope

The proposed visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to state comes at a time when Arunachal is grappling serious financial crisis. Financial woes have made life tough for the people of state. Casual workers are not getting salaries on time and many developmental projects have stopped due to paucity of fund. To make matter worse ever since BJP lead government came to power at centre, they have been refusing to release fund citing non-submission of utilization certificates for various projects. Even though it is a very good step but some section of society sees this as political ploy.

Also the political tug of war between state unit of BJP and Congress is only adding fire to the fuel. There is virtual competition among them to get credit for bringing in developmental projects to the state. Sometimes due to such unhealthy competition, things go wrong. However the proposed visit of PM Modi brings new hope. For the state like ours which is totally dependent on central fund, unless union government extend support the state will collapse. Modi will need to rise above party politics and fulfill the promises made to the people of state during his general election rallies at Pasighat and Itanagar. Arunachal anxiously awaits the visit of PM Modi.

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Promises has been broken

Dear Editor,

This is with reference to the ANSU’s proposed 12 hour Capital Bandh called on 2nd Feb/2015, which was called off after government assured to look into the concern raised by them. Union had issued bandh call in protest against the installation of pre-paid meters in capital complex. Lot of hue and cry has been raised against pre-paid meter system by citizens of capital. In this context, Abotani Colony Consumer Forum had submitted a representation to the All Nishi Student Union (ANSU) to take up the issue on7/1/2015. ANSU team had meet state government official and discussed the issue. As per the news item published on 31st January, ANSU had informed public that as a result of the meeting with concern authorities, it was told that installation of pre-paid meter has been cancelled. ANSU had called off their proposed bandh call based on this assurance from state government.

If it was full and final decision, then where is the cancellation order for installation of the Pre-paid metering system? If it was a concrete decision, why Department of Power (Electrical) is forcefully trying to install same metre in some sectors and colonies? Why ANSU is not voicing against the installation of the Pre-paid system? State Govt, has not kept their own words. Being the consumers of the Abotani Colony of Itanagar we are very curious to know stand of the ANSU on the said issue.


Biri Kame

Gen. Secy.

Abotani Colony Consumer Forum,  Itanagar



Don’t kill stray animals

Dear Editor,

I was appalled by the drive to kill hundreds of stray dogs, initiated by town magistrate Tony Mitkong in Bomdila on 14th of February 2015. I, on behalf of all the animal lovers, condemn the act carried by the town magistrate and the committees of Bomdila Bazar and Bomdila Town highly.

Bomdila is a place of Buddhism and ''Ahimsa'' is one of the cardinal virtue and an important tenet of Buddhism. Ahimsa means ''not to injure'', is also referred to as nonviolence, and it applies to all living beings - including animals. I am actually surprised that in a place where majority of the population is Buddhist, a cruel act of this measure was carried out with support from the towns' people.

Animals have equal rights to live and thrive on this planet as we. Killing is not a solution for rabies and scabies. Mass killing is not only extremely cruel, inhuman act but also violation of THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS ACT, 1960. Also according to the 'The Welfare of Stray Dogs, India', killing dogs have been proved to be a failure in preventing rabies, so sterilization of dogs was initiated instead of killing them.

 Dogs are territorial by nature and it is in them to protect their territories which may result in biting human beings at times. There should be mass awareness regarding animals and their ways in our society. We must learn to cohabitate with animals peacefully. There are more peaceful and humanistic ways to control rabies and scabies menace such as sterilization, immunization/ vaccination of animals in large and raising awareness.

The veterinarians should be motivated to carry on the drive all over Arunachal on prevention of animal cruelty, awareness on animal diseases and its prevention, sterilization and vaccination of animals.

I appeal to all the people of Arunachal, the district magistrates and the high level officers to show at least some amount of humanity when they deal with animals. We, human beings are the not the sole inhabitants of this planet. We have been sharing this earth with million other organisms since billions of years. We are smart, we can think, we can introspect, so we must act accordingly. We can find other creative and better solutions to menaces instead of taking the inhuman and cruel ways to solve a problem.


Kenri Basar,

An avid animal lover

C- Sector, Itanagar





We need to change mindset

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to appeal all people’s representatives to the Central and state governments, political leaders and public that it is the right time to act for the good. Now we are living in 21st century and the days are changing rapidly. With this rapid changing world, we need to change ourselves and our mindsets and think for oneness and development of our people and the state. The emergence of Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi and its success story really influences and inspires us tremendously. We all should be encouraged to do leaders like Arvind Kejriwal and his companions who are truthful, kind, liberal and honest. Now public are very knowledgeable and if you do not work sincerely,  you will not be spared.


Osek Apum

Debing Village





Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to disclose one basic grievance of the student community of Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills, Doimukh, Arunachal Pradesh. That as per the academic guidelines a student should be promoted to the next higher class only if he/she secures the pass mark in the preceding examination. And the admission for the next class/semester generally takes place only after the declaration of the examination result. But, here in the University, the system is quite opposite as per the guidelines. In our University, the students are rather compelled to take admission for the next semester without seeing the result of last the examination. In such case, sometimes students face a painful moment after taking the admission to the next higher class/semester, unfortunately if the student fails in the last examination, then he/she have to leave the institution. In this regard, a simple question arises, why so delay in declaring the results? And why don't take the admission for the next semester after the result?

So, I on behalf of the students of RGU would like to appeal to the concerned authority to declare the semester examination results soon as everyone is eagerly waiting for. Also one more humble request to the authority from the next academic session, it would be better if some changes be made in admission process by taking the admission to the next semester only after the announcement of the results. Hope for your kind initiative in the matter.


Thaddeus Techi,

Student, RGU





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